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Marvel's planned Thor sequel is a surprise to Thor director Kenneth Branagh

Apr. 27, 2011by: Dave Davis

Just last week, Marvel movie honcho Kevin Feige revealed intentions for sequels to this summer's impending hero introductions: "Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own."

While most of us presumed this would happen (since the studio is building a contained movie universe and tends to tie its actors into multiple movie contracts), nobody at Marvel thought to let THOR director Kenneth Branagh know about the plan. When Movieline approached Branagh today about the topic of a sequel, he responded: "Do you know, if that is true, that is literally the first I’ve heard of it? You are telling me news."

When asked if he'd be interested in another adventure of the Thunder God, Branagh said: "It’s is kind of news to me. Here’s what I would say to that: It’s that I’m thrilled they’re that confident. I shall wait for the audience to tell us whether there should be a second one, and then if that’s a nice conversation to be had between all of us, that’d be thrilling. But I’ve got too much Irish superstitious blood in me to assume that THOR 2 will happen. But if Marvel says so, then I guess it must be true."

In a way, Branagh's neglect isn't too much of a surprise considering Marvel's recent history of questionable communication skills. You may recall their public spat with THE INCREDIBLE HULK star Edward Norton (who, as you know, won't be reprising Bruce Banner or his green alter-ego in THE AVENGERS), and some reports of tenuous shallow-pocketed offers to actors for other projects. And before that, director Jon Favreau supposedly waited several weeks after IRON MAN starting gathering giant cash stacks before he got officially asked to return for a sequel (Favs is listed as an exec producer on THE AVENGERS, although likely as a courtesy, as his creative input on it is apparently minimal outside of establishing characters in IRON MAN 2).

Still, if THOR's hammer strikes gold at the box office, Branagh can probably expect a call from Marvel (eventually). Otherwise, it's safe to assume that if the Asgardian gets a second solo movie, the studio will be looking for another director to hurl Mjolnir in a different direction. Verily.

Extra Tidbit: What would you want or expect to see Thor doing in a post-AVENGERS solo flick?
Source: Movieline

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3:01AM on 09/17/2011

Well let's hope they follow up avengers with a Thor sequel

Well we didn't see it at the theater but just watched it on BluRay and it's the best movie we've seen all year and believe me we see a lot and have an extensive movie collection so it's saying a lot that we bought Thor.. We used to buy ten or more new movies a month but over the last few years it's been slim pickins on movies I actually want to add to our collection and Thor is the best one in a while and we've already watched it at least a dozen times and the sequel is going to rock.... Can't
Well we didn't see it at the theater but just watched it on BluRay and it's the best movie we've seen all year and believe me we see a lot and have an extensive movie collection so it's saying a lot that we bought Thor.. We used to buy ten or more new movies a month but over the last few years it's been slim pickins on movies I actually want to add to our collection and Thor is the best one in a while and we've already watched it at least a dozen times and the sequel is going to rock.... Can't wait to see Avengers and the others coming out this summer
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7:20PM on 04/28/2011

Sequels are rarely as good as the original

That sequels are rarely as good as the original is especially true of comic book movies. X-Men II, Superman II and The Dark Knight are exceptions. The original Superman and Batman movie serieses went down hill pretty fast and X-Men lost something when Singer left the franchise. Iron Man II was okay but I would have been willing to wait on that movie while they worked on the script a bit more. I don't hold out much hope for Thor 2, Captain America 2, Iron Man 3 or Avengers 2. Oh and Ang
That sequels are rarely as good as the original is especially true of comic book movies. X-Men II, Superman II and The Dark Knight are exceptions. The original Superman and Batman movie serieses went down hill pretty fast and X-Men lost something when Singer left the franchise. Iron Man II was okay but I would have been willing to wait on that movie while they worked on the script a bit more. I don't hold out much hope for Thor 2, Captain America 2, Iron Man 3 or Avengers 2. Oh and Ang Lee's Hulk was better than Marvel's Hulk. Ang Lee's Hulk had the Hulk fighting tanks, jets, helicopters and wild dogs. Marvel's Hulk was okay but it lacked emotional impact.
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10:03PM on 04/28/2011
Oh, I don't know "Batman Returns" and "Iron Man 2" are both arguably good. Do they need to specifically be "better"? That's another question up for debate.

But keep in mind that your "exceptions" account for a good 40% of all superhero movie sequels. There honestly aren't as many as you think.
Oh, I don't know "Batman Returns" and "Iron Man 2" are both arguably good. Do they need to specifically be "better"? That's another question up for debate.

But keep in mind that your "exceptions" account for a good 40% of all superhero movie sequels. There honestly aren't as many as you think.
2:13PM on 04/28/2011
Glad to see early reviews for this are raving and posters on here seem to like it alot. Going to be a great summer for the movies. With everything else going to hell around us at least we can enjoy something.
Glad to see early reviews for this are raving and posters on here seem to like it alot. Going to be a great summer for the movies. With everything else going to hell around us at least we can enjoy something.
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12:44PM on 04/28/2011
Are Marvel and Fox studios working together because there are distinct similarities.
Are Marvel and Fox studios working together because there are distinct similarities.
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11:04AM on 04/28/2011
Just got back from seeing Thor and I'd be straight there for a sequel! I'm surprised at how little time they spent on earth, it was great to see so much action going down off of earth.
Just got back from seeing Thor and I'd be straight there for a sequel! I'm surprised at how little time they spent on earth, it was great to see so much action going down off of earth.
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9:39AM on 04/28/2011

Surprised!

He directed some great action sequences with Henry V and got nominated for an Oscar for the film. A sequel then? Well damn it keep him then. If it ain't broke......
He directed some great action sequences with Henry V and got nominated for an Oscar for the film. A sequel then? Well damn it keep him then. If it ain't broke......
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4:10AM on 04/28/2011
Just got back from Thor, and it was a pretty great time at the movies. Best converted 3D I've seen too.
Would never have thought Kenneth Branagh would be a kick ass action director, but yep, it happened!
Bring on the sequel, yo.
Just got back from Thor, and it was a pretty great time at the movies. Best converted 3D I've seen too.
Would never have thought Kenneth Branagh would be a kick ass action director, but yep, it happened!
Bring on the sequel, yo.
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1:05AM on 04/28/2011

Gotta Say

I get tired of hearing about Marvel's pocket pinching because really they are an independent film studio just about every penny they make from a movie they reinvest for the next one and it's tough to do that on movies that have this much budget involved. Plus we don't know what is going on behind the scenes, I remember when the press made a big thing about creative differences during the editing of the Incredible Hulk but turned out to be nothing but a simple and civil disagreement.

That
I get tired of hearing about Marvel's pocket pinching because really they are an independent film studio just about every penny they make from a movie they reinvest for the next one and it's tough to do that on movies that have this much budget involved. Plus we don't know what is going on behind the scenes, I remember when the press made a big thing about creative differences during the editing of the Incredible Hulk but turned out to be nothing but a simple and civil disagreement.

That being said hearing about Thor 2 and Captain America 2 means nothing, they said the same thing after the Hulk. Really, they just have an interest in doing it, whether or not they will is another question
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12:19AM on 04/28/2011
Since I was lucky to see Thor early and know just how surprisingly good it is (I thought it looked good but was surprised at how good it ACTUALLY is! And I think a lot of people will be too) it's I would say more than a sure thing we will see another Thor movie sooner than later.

As for the tidbit: I would like to see less of Thor on earth and more of him fighting demons and other mystical creatures. I guess Surtur and Hela is a given, but we need to see more of Loki! (nothing major, just
Since I was lucky to see Thor early and know just how surprisingly good it is (I thought it looked good but was surprised at how good it ACTUALLY is! And I think a lot of people will be too) it's I would say more than a sure thing we will see another Thor movie sooner than later.

As for the tidbit: I would like to see less of Thor on earth and more of him fighting demons and other mystical creatures. I guess Surtur and Hela is a given, but we need to see more of Loki! (nothing major, just the puppet master in the shadows kind of involvement)

*I would say that Loki steals the show in Thor. But at the same time his usage is far from maximized. He's THE trickster, he needs to act that way waaay more, imo!
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9:45PM on 04/27/2011
Well, in Branagh's defense, with the exception of Henry IV Shakespeare never made any sequels.
Well, in Branagh's defense, with the exception of Henry IV Shakespeare never made any sequels.
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12:32AM on 04/28/2011
i'm still waiting on peter's friends part 2: the legend of peter's gold.
i'm still waiting on peter's friends part 2: the legend of peter's gold.
9:36PM on 04/27/2011
Glad to hear that Thor is getting good reviews and that it will get a sequel. Just adds more excitement and anticipation for opening weekend for the first film.

I am hoping that there won't be any bad blood spilled during this sequel progress which was the case with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Marvel not letting Branagh isn't a great start.
Glad to hear that Thor is getting good reviews and that it will get a sequel. Just adds more excitement and anticipation for opening weekend for the first film.

I am hoping that there won't be any bad blood spilled during this sequel progress which was the case with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Marvel not letting Branagh isn't a great start.
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9:34PM on 04/27/2011
Wow, what a non-story. Fiege expresses confidence because that's his job and Branagh is still promoting a film that hasn't even been released wide yet. Hopefully a sequel will happen and it'll be as good as the original.
Wow, what a non-story. Fiege expresses confidence because that's his job and Branagh is still promoting a film that hasn't even been released wide yet. Hopefully a sequel will happen and it'll be as good as the original.
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